Continuing Education Workshops

Summer Assessment Workshop for High School World Languages Instructors

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Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Room: UW-Whitewater Hyland Hall, Room 3200

Cost: Free (Enrollment is limited to 30 participants)

This workshop aims to present a coordinated approach to purposeful assessment at the advanced high school and intermediate college levels in the world language classroom. The workshop will provide participants with a theoretical framework for the three modes of assessment, best practices in the classroom to support assessment strategies, such as increased target language use, and examples of alternative assessment tasks using technology, including wikis, digital storytelling and more. Teachers will then collaborate in groups during a “hands-on” afternoon session to develop new tools to assess student learning to implement in their own world language classrooms and share with all workshop participants.

The UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, in collaboration with the faculty of the Department of Languages and Literatures, will hold a one-day World Language Assessment Workshop, Wednesday, August 6 from 8:30 A.M.—3:00 P.M. on the UW-Whitewater campus.

This event is open to current high school world language teachers who teach advanced levels (4, 5, AP, or IB) and will be of special interest to current or potential dual enrollment instructors in UW-Whitewater's Partners in Education (PIE) program. All participants are asked to bring 3 potential units from a level 4 or 5 world language course for use in the afternoon collaborative session.

If you have any language-specific questions please contact Jodie Parys (Spanish) at, Ellen Boldt (German) at, and Sheila Turek (French) at

For general workshop questions please contact UW-W Camps and Conferences at (262) 472-3165 or email


Time Location Content
8:30 Hyland 3200 Arrival and packet pick-up
Coffee and muffins will be served.
9:00-9:50 Hyland 3200 Session 1: The Three Modes of Assessment: Presentational, Interpersonal, and Interpretive (Ellen Boldt)
10:00-10:50 Hyland 3200 Session 2: Target Language Use in the Classroom: Pedagogical Implications and Practical Tips (Sheila Turek)
11:00-11:50 Hyland Computer Lab Session 3: Technology as an Assessment Tool: Wikis, Digital Stories, and Other Examples (Jodie Parys)
11:50-12:00 Hyland Computer Lab Divide teachers into working groups for the afternoon session, based on common units. Depending on numbers, it would be ideal to have 1 (or more) group work on each of the three modes of assessment.
12:00-12:45 Hyland Lounge Lunch Break (in working groups)
Menu includes deli bar, fresh salad, fresh fruit, water, and lemonade
12:45-1:45 Hyland Computer Lab Working groups will develop one (or more) assessment for a common unit, based on the information presented during the morning sessions.
1:45-2:00 Hyland Lounge Coffee and cookie break
2:00-3:00 Hyland 3200 Working groups will present their assessments. Discussion.


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